Medical Otology and Audiology (with specialisation in Audiovestibular Medicine) MSc
Options: PG Diploma
The programme is designed to provide the theoretical, scientific, clinical, research and vocational skills necessary for audiovestibular physicians, ENT surgeons, paediatricians, GPs, neurologists – and other trainees and physicians with an interest in medical aspects of audiology – who wish to develop and enhance their career prospects or specialise in audiovestibular medicine.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible 2-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students will learn about the anatomy and physiology of the audiovestibular system (from sensory organs to the cortex), its disorders and pathologies, formulation of a diagnostic approach and management/rehabilitation in both children and adults. This programme incorporates appropriate specialist practice with emphasis on evidence-based medicine, multi-disciplinary practice, translational research, ethics and the requirement for continuing professional development.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Ear Institute provides a unique environment for graduate study and is the largest and most broad-based academic unit for research into hearing, auditory processing, deafness and vestibular research in the UK.
Students benefit from an interdisciplinary range of clinical and research expertise. Collaboration between disciplines provides integrated research projects utilising a wide range of clinical and laboratory techniques.
The associated University College London Hospitals (UCLH) house the largest clinical audiology and dedicated vestibular service in the country, and the first Cochlear Implant team in the UK.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time one year, flexible two to five years) is offered.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10–12,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and observation at accredited clinical placements. Assessment is through a combination of methods including unseen examinations, written assignments (essays and a dissertation), case presentations, clinical portfolios and vivas.
Further details available on subject website:
Scholarships available for this department
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
Prospective candidates should hold a medical degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants should also have some relevant clinical experience.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Advanced
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for audiovestibular physicians, ENT surgeons, paediatricians, GPs, neurologists or other medical trainees and physicians wishing to further their careers by developing skills in clinical audiology and vestibular medicine, or by specialising in audiovestibular medicine. Doctors from overseas may also be interested in setting up their own specialised practice in their home countries.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Medical Otology and Audiology, and Audiovestibular Medicine in particular at graduate level
- why you want to study Medical Otology and Audiology at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The programme provides a firm foundation in the practice of audiovestibular techniques and their clinical applications for physicians who wish to enhance their careers or develop a research career in this field.
This Audiovestibular Medicine pathway is recognised for specialty training in the UK by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB). It provides theoretical foundations for the multi-disciplinary assessment, management and rehabilitation of complex audiovestibular and related communication disorders to inform evidence-based practice and translational research.
All students benefit from placements in UCLH and UCLPartners hospitals and excellent networking opportunities.
This Master’s programme delivers a cutting-edge syllabus with current teaching methods. The Postgraduate Diploma in Audiovestibular Medicine option represents the General Medical Council approved theoretical assessment component for completion of training in the Audiovestibular Medicine specialty in the UK.
Training in audiovestibular medicine at UCL has a highly acclaimed track record in catering for a broad range of training needs of physicians both from the UK and abroad. Alumni include high-profile audiovestibular and ENT physicians, practising within the UK and internationally, with highly successful clinical, research or public health career trajectories after completing the programme.
Mr Robert Heller
T: +44 (0)20 7679 8966
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